FBI investigates Christianist painter Kinkade for fraud
The FBI is investigating allegations that self-styled "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade and some of his top executives fraudulently induced investors to open galleries and then ruined them financially, former dealers contacted by federal agents said.
Investigators are focusing on issues raised in civil litigation by at least six former Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery owners, people who have been contacted by the FBI said.
he ex-owners allege in arbitration claims that, among other things, the artist known for his dreamily luminous landscapes and street scenes used his Christian faith to persuade them to invest in the independently owned stores, which sell only Kinkade's work.
"They really knew how to bait the hook," said one former dealer who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case. "They certainly used the Christian hook."
Sound familiar? Wait, wait, it'll come to me...
As Xan wrote last week, religious-based fraud is getting worse. It really seems that the Christianists, being authoritarians, have very few defenses and are very gullible. When somebody in authority--like Kinkade--asks them for money, they just hand it over.
And as the Republicans scuttle off to the bank with the Christianists' money, they're laughing.
Because there's a Christianist born every minute.
NOTE Via TPM Muckraker.